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FOX 5 senior investigative reporter

Dale Russell

As the senior investigative reporter, Dale Russell is the FOX 5 I-Team's government watchdog. He has spent more than 30 years investigating some of Atlanta's biggest stories. His investigations have helped shape Georgia's political history; toppling people in power, exposing waste and corruption, sparking criminal investigations, and changing laws.

Dale's entire journalism career has been right here in Atlanta, where he began as a freelance newspaper and magazine writer. He went on to work as a reporter for WGST News Radio and then moved into television as an investigative reporter.

Dale has broken important stories while covering some of the nation's biggest events, including Atlanta's Missing and Murdered children, the Olympic Park bombing, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks. His expose on Georgia's Speaker of the House, Glenn Richardson, and Presidential candidate, Herman Cain, lead to dramatic changes in the state and nation's political landscape. His examination of racial profiling by US Customs agents at Atlanta's airport lead to a nationwide overhaul of customs searches. In 2005, he traveled to Iraq to embed with the Georgia National Guard during its historic wartime deployment.

Dale has won more than 50 journalism awards including broadcasting's highest honor: The George Foster Peabody Award.  Atlanta Magazine, The Atlanta Journal–Constitution, Creative Loafing, and The Atlanta Press Club have all named him as the city's top TV journalist. Georgia Trend Magazine selected him as one of Georgia's 100 Most Influential People.  He was recently inducted into Georgia's Silver Circle, honoring the state's top television professionals.

A former high school counselor, Dale is a board member of the First Amendment Foundation, which fights for openness in government. Dale attended the University of Georgia and graduated from Georgia State with a BS in Education.

The Atlanta native has two children and lives with his wife in the DeKalb County neighborhood where he was raised.

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  • Governor reacts to Ethics allegations

    Governor reacts to Ethics allegations

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:40:07 GMT
    The Governor sat down with Senior Fox 5 I-Team Reporter Dale Russell for his first television interview following allegations of strong-arming by a member of his staff.
    The Governor sat down with Senior Fox 5 I-Team Reporter Dale Russell for his first television interview following allegations of strong-arming by a member of his staff.
  • I-Team: Doctor guilty of Medicaid Fraud

    I-Team: Doctor guilty of Medicaid Fraud

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:39 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:39:09 GMT
    Six years after the I-Team first raised questions about Dr. Nathaniel Johnson's medical practices, the noted OB/GYN and cosmetic surgeon pled guilty to Medicaid Fraud and aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine.
    Six years after the I-Team first raised questions about Dr. Nathaniel Johnson's medical practices, the noted OB/GYN and cosmetic surgeon pled guilty to Medicaid Fraud and aiding the unlicensed practice of medicine.
  • Exclusive Interview with Ethics Director Holly LaBerge who says Governor Deal's staff threatened her

    Exclusive Interview with Ethics Director Holly LaBerge who says Governor Deal's staff threatened her

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 7:16 AM EDT2014-07-15 11:16:22 GMT

    The woman at the center of the controversial Governor Deal campaign finance investigation is fighting back.

    The woman at the center of the controversial Governor Deal campaign finance investigation is fighting back.

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